The route starts in Long Compton, by the Red Lion pub, heading east on the farm track towards Yerdley Barns. At the junction take the bridleway on the right to ascend the escarpment to William's Copse, then to the road.
At this point you can make a short diversion into Great Rollright. On the edge of the village the route joins a waymarked long-distance trail known as the D'Arcy Dalton Way, named for a local rights-of-way campaigner, following the ridge of the escarpment westwards. Cross the main A3400 road, and continue west.
After passing through a woodland, you'll see the Rollright Stones to your right. From this direction you'll approach the Whispering Knights first, followed by the King's Men, and finally the King Stone on the far side of the road. Retrace your steps to the D'Arcy Dalton Way, and continue on to the picturesque hamlet of Little Rollright, descending from the ridgeline.
This entire hamlet, once owned by one of the Oxford University colleges, was sold a few years ago; the manor house, rectory, five cottages, and a handful of farm buildings and barns were listed for £18 million. One of the new residents is an award-winning cheesemaker, who produces a lovely-sounding, squidgy, stinky, reblouchon-like cheese.
From Little Rollright head northwards following the waymarked Shakespeare's Way long-distance trail up Baker's Hill. Follow the minor road for around 700 metres towards the radio mast, before descending the escarpment back towards Long Compton on Shakespeare's Way.
Short sections of the route follow minor roads without a footpath, so care must be taken especially in late autumn afternoons. The sections on footpaths and bridleways can be muddy, and as they cross through farmland, be aware of grazing livestock, particularly if you're walking with a dog.
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